Africans suffer from widespread poverty as well as preventable and treatable diseases like pneumonia, malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis. However, most African governments don't dedicate a significant percentage of their national budgets on health.
The Heads of State of the African Union (AU) made the Abuja commitment in 2001—promising to dedicate 15% of their national budgets every year to health services. However, this commitment has only been met by a handful of African countries including Togo, Zambia, Botswana, and Rwanda.
Although Africa carries one of the highest cases of disease on the planet, their per capita health expenditure is one of the lowest. This gap must close. The Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and The GAVI Alliance need sufficient funding to tackle some of the most vital health-related issues in Africa.
Stand with organizations like ONE Africa and urge African leaders to increase their national budgets on health treatment and prevention services.
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To: Heads of State of the African Union
Two million people in Africa die of preventable and treatable diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS every year. Africa contains 60% of the world’s AIDS population, 25% of global tuberculosis cases, and 90% of annual malaria reports. In addition, millions suffer from malnourishment and poverty; it has led to high rates of maternal and newborn mortality, as well as rampant food-borne and water-borne diseases.
Health budgets need to be increased in order to save hundreds of thousands of African lives. I stand with organizations like ONE Africa in advocating for increased funding on health-related issues in Africa.
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